Previously called Improved Pension with Aid and Attendance

What is the VA Pension Program 2022?

The Veterans Pension was established by Congress in 1792, then in 1818 legislation adding surviving spouses of a veteran was passed. The veterans were entitled to the benefits because of delayed payments for those who fought in the American Revolution. 

It will provide needed tax-free funds to help pay for the assistance of someone to help with daily activities such as eating, dressing, mobility, toileting, or bathing. The benefit is for all Veterans; however, if the Veteran is over the age of 65, the need for care does not have to be service-connected. Mental incapacity due to dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, hip replacements, and even blindness and other diseases of old age may qualify the veteran or spouse for this benefit. Friends, relatives, or professional staff can provide this care at home, in an assisted living facility, or in a nursing home.

Who is eligible for VA Pension Program 2022 Benefits?

Veterans who served during a period of war, their spouses, their surviving spouses, or their dependent children. Must have served for at least one day during the period of war, 90 consecutive days of active duty, and honorable discharge.


  • World War II (December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946)
  • Korean War (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955)
  • Vietnam War (two periods) February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam; or August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served anywhere during the Vietnam War wartime period
  • Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by Congress, or Presidential Proclamation)

The veteran doesn’t have to have served in a warzone to be eligible. They only need to have served during a period of war.

The need for aid does not have to be service-related for those over the age of 65. For those under 65, assistance is available for total disability or for service-related partial disabilities.

How much can an eligible war-time veteran or surviving spouse receive?
2022 Veterans Pension Benefit Amounts*

  • Married Veteran     =  $2,431 per month
  • Single Veteran       =  $2,050 per month. 
  • Surviving Spouse   = $1,317 per month. 
  • These benefits are tax-free and do not affect any Social Security payments.
    *Effective December 1st, 2022 

Contact us for your query about VA Pension Program 2022.

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